Eagles Nab Prized Free Agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha

30 07 2011

by Bo Wulf on philadelphiaeagles.com

In a move that took the entire football world by surprise, the Philadelphia Eagles swooped in out of nowhere to sign the premier target of the free agent market, All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha joins newly acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel in what is now a stacked Eagles secondary.

The team also announced they agreed to terms with Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin. Both Babin and Asomugha will be inked to five-year deals. Wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins and tight end Donald Lee also agreed to terms with Eagles, both on one-year deals. The team issued the following press release.

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have agreed to terms with Pro Bowl CB Nnamdi Asomugha and Pro Bowl DE Jason Babin, each to five-year deals. The team also signed WR Johnnie Lee Higgins and TE Donald Lee, each to one-year deals.

A three-time Pro Bowler from 2008-10 and a four-time All Pro selection (2006, 2008-10), Asomugha (6-2, 210) has played in 122 career games (99 starts), and accumulated 310 tackles, 11 interceptions, 62 passes defensed and two sacks. Widely regarded as one of the top cover cornerbacks in the NFL, Asomugha earned his third straight trip to the Pro Bowl in 2010 after contributing 19 tackles and six passes defensed, anchoring a Raiders defense that ranked second in the NFL behind San Diego by allowing just 189.2 passing yards per game. Read the rest of this entry »





Reid Out, Gruden In?

7 02 2011

A rumor spread like wildfire in Philadelphia on Monday morning that Jon Gruden, former coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and current Monday Night Football commentator, would replace Andy Reid as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. The rumor ran so rampant that the team felt compelled to issue a denial that said, “Early this morning we have received several inquiries regarding the rumors regarding Andy Reid and Jon Gruden. This was simply a rumor and there is no basis to it at all. It is simply not true.”





Eagles: Bid For Burgess

6 08 2009

The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patiriots engaged in a mini bidding war for the services of former Eagle defensive end Derrick Burgess. The Raiders had placed Burgess on the trading block earlier in the offseason and did so again just days ago. The Raiders chose the Pats offer, who are believed to be transferring Burgess to outside linebacker. Adam Schefter’s Twitter reads, “The two teams in on Burgess all along were the Eagles and Pats. Eagles were offering a 3rd-round pick and a player. Pats offer trumped it.” Well, the Raiders really must not have liked the player (Reggie Brown?), since the Patriots only ended up giving up a 3rd and 5th rounder in exchange for Burgess.





FAN FOR HIRE

2 05 2009

FAN FOR HIRE! INQUIRE WITHIN

By John Leon

For more years than I care to admit, I’ve been an Oakland Raider fan. Yeah, I know, they’ve absolutely sucked over the past few years and up until this point, I’ve steadfastly stayed loyal to them.

But after this year’s draft, I can no longer sit back with my 3 Super Bowls and say with absolute confidence that this will turn around.

It’s just not gonna happen and there’s two words as to why. Al Davis.

The man has been: an innovator, Commissioner (AFL but still), an owner that would take scraps from other teams and mold them into winners, taken coaches that no one knew and made them Hall of Famers (see; Madden, John) and been a HOF member himself.

However, time has passed him by, the game has changed, the coaching carousel under his withering hand has become an embarrassment and the vaunted Silver and Black are no longer the Raiders of Stabler, Tatum, Haynes, Hayes, Matuszak and Biletnikoff. The fans are more intimidating at The Black Hole than the team!

They’ve become the joke of the NFL with the ridiculous contracts and drafts they have had over the last few havew benn awful and their fans are more intimidating at The Black Hole than the team!

They’ve become the joke of the NFL with the ridiculous contracts and drafts they have had over the last few years. Jamarcus Russell being the 3rd highest paid player in the League? Passing on Michael Crabtree AND Jeremy Maclin for Darius Hayward-Bey? Drafting a player (Michael Moore) that neither Mel Kiper, Jr. nor Todd McShay had even listed?

I’ve had enough!

So I’m a free agent fan, looking for another team to root for. I will still follow the Raiders but with less passion than before, but I want a team that will spur me to root for them. They will make me WANT to yell at the TV during the season and get upset at the play calling, all the while coaxing them on to the playoffs.

Some teams already off the list for obvious reasons such as Detroit (shocking there), Arizona (although they are getting better), Seattle, SF, San Diego (too far away), Denver (still have horse face Elway imprinted in my brain), Dallas, NY Giants, NY Jets, Washington (obvious reasons), Buffalo (T.O. anyone?), NE (hate Belichek), KC (always hated the Raiders arch rival), Cincinnati (their arrest record is better than their NFL record), Houston (ehh), Minnesota and Jacksonville (no reason just can’t get into them)

So that leaves: Miami, Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Colts, Tennessee, Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Green Bay, Chicago and Philly (although I can’t stand Andy Reid, especially his interviews….UGH!)

There’s the challenge everyone, make me want to root for a team and give me solid reasons why. I don’t want to hear about locale or because I should. I want good solid reasons that will make me go out and buy the jersey and get crazy on Game Days. Give me a reason to hope that MY team will rise to the top and become the one everyone talks about.

I’ve already been through the Al Davis funeral. The sad part is he doesn’t know he was in it.





Thursday’s Week 14 Pick

3 12 2008

Yay, this will be an exciting game. Good thing no one gets the NFL network. I’ll probably watch a little bit of it then switch to college basketball.

Let’s get to this week’s edition of the West Coast Follies

Oakland Raiders ( 3 – 9 ) v. San Diego Chargers ( 4 – 8 )

Both teams suck. Oakland was expected to suck, and San Diego wasn’t. How they weren’t expected to suck with Norv Turner as their coach is way beyond me.

The game basically boils down to this, San Diego is far better than Oakland (who called the KC game by the way? GENIUS!!!) I expect San Diego to out run them, out pass them and out play them.

MY PICK: Chargers (but they won’t cover)





Time For New Leadership

1 10 2008

by John Leon

For a once proud franchise, the Oakland Raiders have become a national joke and that’s not making the NFL happy. Not one bit. For a League that prides itself on how it’s run and the way it is perceived, the debacle that is the Raiders is embarrassing to the league, it’s fans, and all of us who are Raiders’ faithful.

I am unabashedly a Raiders Fan, always have been and probably always will be. Al Davis, who still runs the team, forged the way they used to conduct themselves. Davis was, and still is, forever entrenched in the lore of the NFL for his vision and foresight. The Raiders always acquired players that were considered cast-offs and renegades and Davis played that for all it was worth. Commitment to Excellence, Just Win Baby, etc. is part of the history in the NFL. Read the rest of this entry »





Breaking News: Raiders Finally Fire Kiffin

30 09 2008

 

by John Ryan

After weeks, then days, then hours, the Raiders finally fired Lane Kiffin Tuesday morning, ending the teams relationship with the youngest head coach in NFL history at the time of his hiring. Read the rest of this entry »